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Canadian champion Eye of the Leopard retires to Calumet
Canadian champion and classic winner Eye of the Leopard has been retired and will enter stud at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky.
The 7-year-old A.P. Indy horse will stand for an initial fee of $10,000.
Eye of the Leopard was purchased in 2012 by Brad Kelley's Bluegrass Hall LLC. Kelley assumed control of Calumet last year, leasing the farm from a trust that purchased the historic property. Eye of the Leopard becomes the fourth stallion added to the roster for 2013, joining Americain, Aikenite and Lentenor. All are first-year stallions.
Eye of the Leopard won the 2009 Plate Trial Stakes and subsequently claimed the Queen's Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, in just his fourth career start.
He then finished third in the Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the series. The campaign earned him the Sovereign Award as Canada's champion 3-year-old colt.
Eye of the Leopard retires with five wins from 24 career starts and two additional stakes placings for earnings of $920,517.
Out of the Smart Strike mare Eye of the Sphynx, herself a Canadian champion, Eye of the Leopard is a full brother to multiple stakes winner Hotep, runner-up in the 2010 Queen's Plate. Eye of the Sphynx is a half-sister to stakes winner Quiet Cleo, dam of 2000 Canadian Horse of the Year Quiet Resolve.
Not enough AP Indy blood out there already? Canadian champion and no takers to stand him there makes me think there wouldn't be much demand for him there so why stand in the Bluegrass State? Another example of watering down the breed and unless supported by a decent broodmare band he's doomed.